Recently the Nashville Predators took a stand against one of their most heated rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators put a clause in place that is being deemed “keep the red out” that will make it difficult for Blackhawks fans to purchase tickets when their beloved team is visiting the city of music and they want to get a glimpse of the defending champs.
The plan is to not sell single game tickets for those dates when the Hawks come to town, but rather make the Chicago fans purchase tickets to a second Predators home game. A clever marketing ploy or just a good old fashioned dig at the arch enemy?
Considering that the Predators are a small market team and will have trouble selling out a game against the Florida Panthers on a Tuesday night, this stipulation will help fill the rink on those nights.
Should the Oilers consider implementing this tactic for Flames fans? For the four times Calgary invades Rexall Place you could say that it’s a 60-40 split in terms of Oilers fans versus Flames fans which only helps brews the rivalry. The Predators say the plan is to help keep the home ice advantage for their club, something that could hold true in Edmonton.
Edmonton doesn’t need help selling out games later in the year on a night when the Panthers come to town on a Wednesday night in February and the mercury is barely visible on the thermometer. Loyal to the Oil has never rang more true than it has in the past few years when fans repeatedly commit to filling the old barn even when the team is out of the playoff race.
Rather this would be a cold hard snub to Flames fans and given the geography of many Calgary fans in relation to Edmonton, coming back for a second game wouldn’t be a travel concern.
The Oilers organization would likely receive plenty of backlash if they tried to pull of such a stunt and with the need to sell future tickets not a concern, it’s best to take the high road in this case.
For the fun of it, let’s get the readers thoughts on this ploy. Should the Oilers make it difficult for Flames fans to buy tickets when their club comes to Edmonton? Take part in our daily poll and let the results speak for themselves.